Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 129
Beer Ratings: 74,496
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 254 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.28/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on 4-22-09 on the way to DLD '09.
Let me start by saying that Founder's is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I love most everything that I can get my hands on from them. It's probably a good thing that they aren't available here, locally. I'd have lots of good beer, but I'd be broke.
When we arrived I was initially overwhelmed at the number of people who were there. It's a Wednesday night. Wow. I quickly realized that Wednesday is mug night. If you have a mug with them, you get discounts on your brews. Then it all made sense.
I quickly realized that all of these people are here drinking 'good' craft beer. Not a macro in the place. These people are enjoying their brews, also. They're discussing them with their friends. (I think I'm in heaven.)
We tried two different sandwiches, which were both very good. Good quality meats and cheeses on excellent breads. Very tasty.
Their pricing was found to be quite reasonable, on food and brews, alike. The food menu was quite interesting, also. I wish I had the time and/or appetite to try more items. Oh, well, next time.
We sat at the bar and the bartenders were very helpful and knowledgeable and friendly. We were offered, several times, to have sample pour tastes of anything we'd like to try. These were not necessary, because I knew what I wanted to drink, but it was appreciated.
I'd been watching their tap menu, online for a couple of weeks prior to going and had hopes for certain beers to try. Between this and some BA threads I'd heard that KBS, Maple Mountain Brown, and CBS were all off the menu. This meant that the Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout was my one hope for trying. When I got there, I was ecstatic to find that all four were on tap that night.
This was a trip that was hours out of my way and it proved to be well worth it. I can't wait to go again. Hopefully next year, around DLD, if not before.
05-01-2009 21:42:23 | More by coldmeat23
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4.74/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It's the Taproom for one of the best breweries in the America. It's flat-out amazing, not like psychedelic or once in a lifetime, it's just a really cool place. I can't say the atmosphere is perfect, because the HUGE amount of tables seems to make you think they want to sell food...
Until you sidle to the bar, grab a stool and start bullshitting with the staff. They know the beer, they all drink it, and they can all describe it in beer lingo so you can make an educated choice. Team approach to serving, so I have no idea who got the sweet 30% tip I left, but they were all friendly, they were eager to keep my glass full, and there was no awkward infighting between the staff. They all genuinely look like they love their job.
The beer is all quality; if you don't like a particular beer, it isn't the quality, it's just not your style. The food is good, servings are huge (a half-sandwich is perfect for normal people, the overeaters can get a full, but it isn't necessary).
Great place to eat and have a beer, I go every time I am in town.
04-19-2014 02:57:16 | More by Badger6
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.